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Location DB > United States > California > Ukiah > Masonite Hardboard Plant
 Name
Masonite Hardboard Plant
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 Database Info
created by Hoverfly on 5/11/2007 5:50 AM
last modified by tunnelbug on 10/27/2007 12:23 AM
 Viewability
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
 Overview
 Description
Former Masonite mill in Ukiah. Much of the machinery and equipment can still be seen, and offices are still intact, with some funiture remaining. A lot of paperwork has been left behind and calendars still hang on the walls. There is a 24-hour guard on-site, but it's huge and possible to go unseen. Be aware that the guard sometimes drives in larger buildings, but he doesn't seem to ever get out of the car.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information
Address

Ukiah, California
United States
Owner:
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features
    Huge site with many interesting buildings, and equipment and machinery left behind. Great for photography.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1948
    Closed: 2001
     Required Equipment
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    camera
     History
    This masonite mill once employed more than 500 to manufacture truckloads of wood-based products. When it closed in 2001, only 280 employees remained, a population whittled down as technology replaced muscle over the company's five-decade stay in Ukiah.

    The loss of hundreds of jobs left a hole in the landscape of a city that once bragged about the company's presence at its north and south gateways, with "Home of Masonite" etched into the town's welcome signs.

    The closure of Masonite produced a ripple effect on other high-paying blue-collar industries, such as freight companies that hauled wood and wood products in a loop from Ukiah to Southern California. In January 2004, Cooper and Sons Trucking -- in Ukiah since 1948 -- shut down, succumbing to years of reduced business as a result of Masonite and other manufacturers leaving the Ukiah Valley.

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     Future Plans
    Slated to be turned into a shopping mall in 2009. Demolition has begun, with crews active during the daytime (not on Sundays, though).
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    Grounds
    Sat, May 27th, 2006
    posted by Hoverfly
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    TBug's
    Sat, Aug 11th, 2007
    posted by tunnelbug
    10 pictures


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     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 10/4/2008 2:22 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Oct 4 08 at 2:22, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Oct 3 08 at 21:23, Mutt updated gallery picture DSC_0153.JPG
  • on Oct 28 07 at 4:10, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Oct 27 07 at 0:23, tunnelbug changed the following: Status
  • on Aug 11 07 at 16:18, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Aug 11 07 at 8:04, tunnelbug updated gallery picture masonite-interior.jpg
  • on Aug 11 07 at 8:04, tunnelbug added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Aug 11 07 at 7:59, tunnelbug updated gallery TBug's
  • on Aug 11 07 at 7:59, tunnelbug updated gallery TBug's
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